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Shangyang Fang’s modernist sensibility doesn’t read like a debut

Shangyang Fang’s debut Burying the Mountain is impressive. The relentlessly inquisitive spirit of Fang’s poetic consciousness is as comfortable with Beethoven and Being and Time as with the Song dynasty and The Heart Sūtra....

This children’s book is a delightful glimpse into the Islamic world

Hena Khan’s Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors is as elegantly written as it is illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Every two pages of the board book are devoted a color, given...

Truong Tran’s prose poetry displays a courage needed to respond to truth

  In Book of the Other Truong Tran’s prose poetry conjures an overwhelming sense of a halt, a pause, a stop. It is about more than a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the academy.  A page...

Poetry collection takes us on a tour of human depravity and violence

Images of almost unnamable violence are given open procession in Michael Schmeltzer’s Empire of Surrender. Execution, bloody rubble, torturers, “fear like rotten milk”, “blood like a divination” spark in quick succession to introduce the...